A Guide to make Homemade Disinfectant wipes

A Guide to make Homemade Disinfectant wipes

Due to rapid increase in coronavirus spread, the CDC has allowed the use of homemade disinfectants for removing germs and harmful viruses from hard surfaces in household environments. The entire supply chain of disinfectant wipes has been disrupted due to massive usage and stocking. But there is no need to worry, if you don’t have access to ready-made disinfectant wipes available in the market. Let’s take a look at “how to make homemade disinfectant wipes”. 

Things required to make disinfectant wipes

In order to make bleach-based disinfectant wipes, you require a solution of bleach containing minimum 1000ppm of sodium hypochlorite in it, water, pieces of cotton cloth or paper towels and an airtight box to serve storage purposes. On the other hand if you want to prepare alcohol-based disinfectant wipes, you will need a solution of Isopropyl alcohol or ethanol in replacement of bleaching solution and the rest of the ingredients will remain the same. You can get all these items easily from the market as well as you can also find them online on amazon. 

Preventive Measures

Initially, take into account that the purpose of the homemade disinfectant wipes should be the cleaning of household objects and hard surfaces; they should not be used by humans to clean hands, face or other body parts.  Homemade disinfectant wipes can damage your skin and can adversely affect your lungs, so it is suggested by CDC to use them after wearing gloves. Prior to use of the bleach or alcohol based agents, it's important to consider the following:

  • Check expiration dates of bleaching solutions and don’t mix ammonia or any other cleansing solution with bleach. 
  • Dilute the alcohol and make sure to use an ideal alcohol which contains 70% of isopropyl alcohol or 60% of ethanol. Alcohol should be enclosed in an airtight container to avoid evaporation. If you use an old alcohol and don’t know its efficiency and effect, then it is preferable to buy a new one from the market.

Method to make homemade disinfectant wipes

In case of bleach-based disinfectant wipes, wear gloves and take care of proper ventilation. Use an airtight container to mix all above-mentioned ingredients. Add 5 tablespoons of bleach to 1 gallon of water. Dip your paper towels or cloths into the diluted prepared solution completely for at least 5 minutes such that it soaks up the solution properly. Then, enclose the wipes in an airtight container. It is preferred to use a bleaching solution within 24 hours as It will only be effective for the process of disinfection in the specified time limit. After that, you should prepare a new solution from step 1. 

On the contrary, if you are going to prepare alcohol-based disinfectant wipes, mix 91% isopropyl alcohol with 3 cups of water and mix 95% ethanol with 4 cups of water after putting on hand gloves. Dip your paper towels or cloths into diluted alcohol solution until they are completely soaked. Wait for a few minutes and store disinfectant wipes in an airtight container. It is necessary to store the wipes at cool places. 

Keep in mind, it is crucial to use EPA-approved products with care in order to prepare homemade disinfecting wipes.